The taxonomic status of Carrion and Hooded Crows

David T. Parkin*, Martin Collinson, Andreas J. Helbig, Alan G. Knox, George Sangster

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The taxonomic status of Carrion Corvus corone and Hooded Crows C. cornix is reviewed. As well as the obvious differences in plumage between the two, there is good evidence for non-random mating and reduced fitness of hybrids between Carrion and Hooded Crows, which together provide sufficient evidence for them to be regarded as separate species under most species concepts. Differences in vocalisations and ecology support this distinction. It is therefore recommended that Carrion Crow and Hooded Crow be treated as separate species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-290
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Birds
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003


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